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    #1

    prefers reading...

    Which are correct:

    1) He prefers reading French translations of Mann's works to English translations.
    2) He prefers reading French translations of Mann's works to English translations of his works.
    3) He prefers reading French translations of Mann's works to their English translations.

    4) He prefers reading French translations of Mann's works to reading English translations of his works.


    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: prefers reading...

    All correct I think.

    But just for the sake of making a playful point about ambiguity (which I believe navi tasan is interested in), sentence 3) could be problematic in regards to what their refers to.

    If their means 'of Mann's works', it's fine.

    But if their means 'of the French translations', this would suggest that the English versions are translated from the French, not from a third language, in which case there are no French translations, thereby creating a paradox.

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